One of the things we’ve been working on lately is the Stencila R package. Specifically, we’ve added new functionality that allows Stencila to better fit into the existing workflow of researchers who use R and RStudio. You can get these new features by installing the
develop branch of the package:
Use Stencila from with R or RStudio
The Stencila Desktop is a great way to use Stencila. But some users find it off putting having to download and install a new app. And although Stencila Desktop installation works fine most of the time there are always edge cases where is fails.
More importantly, people are more likely to try something if it integrates well into their existing workflow and tool set. Many R users use R Studio and try out new packages using
install.packages(...) at the console, or the “Install Packages” menu item.
We wanted to give these users the same document editor as in the Stencila Desktop. So now, R users can open a Markdown or RMarkdown document in Stencila using the new
Or, using the new"“Open in Stencila” RStudio addin:
When you do either of those things, the Stencila R package opens browser window and renders the document. In the browser you can edit the document, save it (
Ctl+S) and the document’s source file get’s updated. Alternatively, edit the document source file in RStudio, refresh the browser window and the UI gets updated.
How does it work? Lets look at that URL:
More easily mix SQL and R code in a document
Up till now the only thing that the R package has provided is a
RContext - an execution context that allows you to execute R code cells from within your Stencila Documents. We’ve now added an
SqliteContext which allows you to have SQL code in you documents as well. There was already an
SqliteContext in the Python package. But now you don’t need to install the Python package separately.